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Sprint evaluates broadband wireless technologies

May 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Let the competition begin. Sprint is testing the waters in the broadband wireless technology market through two field trials, one in Navini Networks, and one with IP Wireless. May the best technology win. The trials are designed to test the "viability of next-generation technologies," says Cameron Rejali, Sprint's vice president of broadband wireless products and operations.

Time Warner Telecom gains despite mixed results

May 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

In the first quarter 2002, Time Warner Telecom results offered a mixed bag - revenue dipped slightly, but the quarterly pre-tax loss narrowed. Revenue fell slightly from $173.1 million in Q1 2001 to $168.7 million. The company blames non-recurring, acquisition-related revenue of $4.6 billion in the first quarter 2001 for the dip in revenue this year.

enScaler snatches up Lariat

May 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Although some may say it is a case of a minnow swallowing the whale, enScaler Inc. sees its acquisition of Lariat Software Inc. as a marriage of complementary technologies. The combined company will offer the streaming media market the whole enchilada: front-end, back-office and measuring capabilities.


Cable MSOs see possibilities for tiered Internet access

May 6, 2002 8:00 pm | by Brigitte Greenberg | Comments

Copyright 2002 Warren Publishing, Inc. Communications Daily…05/07/2002 From LexisNexis NEW ORLEANS — Cable executives touched the so-called "third rail" of high-speed Internet access at the NCTA convention, debating whether to charge customers more for higher speed or more bandwidth usage and reducing speeds for those unwilling to pay higher prices.

WOW turns to ChanneLogics

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Upstart competitive cabler WideOpenWest is looking to monitor and manage traffic on its data-over-cable network, and is turning to ChanneLogics to make it happen. WOW offers its customers a slew of services, including high-speed Internet access, digital cable TV and broadband telephone services. The company intends to add other advanced services, such as on-demand content delivery.

Fox to announce video-on-demand deal

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jon Healey | Comments

Copyright 2002 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times…05/06/2002 From LexisNexis Ten days after pulling the plug on its video-on-demand joint venture with Walt Disney Corp., News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox is expected to announce a long-term deal with In Demand to offer Fox movies through cable TV video-on-demand services.

N2 Broadband extends pacts with TWC, HBO

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

It's all about customer retention. Time Warner Cable and HBO remain committed to N2 Broadband 's content delivery system. The companies are deploying N2's MediaPoint Business Management System over multiple TWC divisions in the United States. The MediaPoint system is designed to help cable operators manage video-on-demand, says N2.

BellSouth targets biz sector with expanded DSL services

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

With 80 percent of its DSL customers coming from the residential market, BellSouth Corp. is looking to beef up its business customer list with an expanded suite of DSL services designed especially for the business sector. Before rolling out its expanded service offering, BellSouth had two services for business customers to choose from: its basic FastAccess Business and its FastAccess Business S...


MetroCast trials Cedar Point's VoIP switching system

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Cedar Point Communications has enlisted the help of MetroCast Cablevision to test its SAFARI C3 Media Switching System in the field. The field trial, which is set to get under way this summer, will intially offer voice services to a select group of customers in Rochester, N.H. Following the initial rollout, primary line features such as CALEA (law enforcement support) and E-911 will be added.

Microsoft TV unveils 'thin-client' IPG

May 5, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Microsoft Corp's interactive television division today is expected to unveil a new interactive program guide that targets widely deployed Motorola Broadband-built DCT-1000 and DCT-2000 series digital set-tops - and circumvents the litigious reach of the platform's IPG incumbent, Gemstar-TV Guide International.

Study: 12 million broadband subs served by 'major' cable and DSL providers

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Nearly 12 million homes receive broadband Internet service from major U.S. cable and telephone providers, following additions of 5 million over the past year, according to a new report from Leichtman Research Group Inc. Leichtman said the 10 largest U.S. MSOs provided cable modem service to about 7.8 million subs, and the four regional telcos served about 4.

Kinetic: Toshiba takes N. American DOCSIS modem crown in Q1

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Toshiba American Information Systems Inc. shipped 430,000 DOCSIS cable modems in North America during the first quarter of 2002, supplanting Motorola Broadband for the first time as the top mover of the equipment in the region, reported research firm Kinetic Strategies Inc. In addition to strong first quarter, Toshiba's rise to the top was buoyed by the fact that Motorola Broadband's DOCSIS mod...

Unisphere sells voice-switching unit to Siemens

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

Spreading yourself too thin may lead to mediocrity. Unisphere Networks Inc. is selling off its voice-switching business to focus on IP routers, its core product line. In essence, the unit will be coming home again; Unisphere has struck a deal with its parent and largest shareholder Siemens for the unit.

CEDaily Direct News Briefs:

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Staff | Comments

• Myrio to integrate RealPlayer support DSL vendor Myrio Corp. said it will enhance its IP-based digital television software platform by bundling RealNetworks' RealPlayer. Myrio said it will license RealPlayer to offer streaming media content to "selected" Linux-based set-tops. Myrio's software also supports the delivery digital television, video-on-demand, Internet access and digital music.

iSurfTV to show IPG for Motorola platform

May 2, 2002 8:00 pm | by Duffy Hayes | Comments

In the interactive program guide (IPG) game, Gemstar may rule the roost, but newer display and presentation technologies may eventually allow for newer players to be nipping at their heels. One new IPG vendor, iSurfTV, is developing new graphic-rich platforms to meet operator demand for new advanced interactive services, and it announced that it's hard at work integrating its patented IPG solut...


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